There are a lot of tasks involved with running an online business, that’s why we like to use Fiverr for outsourcing. As you’re going through the training here you’ll see there’s a lot of things to do, especially if you’re also working a day job!
Outsourcing is basically hiring someone else do do some of those tasks and ANYTHING can be outsourced.
We haven’t covered some of these things on this site but you get my drift!
“But won’t that cost a lot of money?”
I hear you ask. Well no, it doesn’t have to, if you’re subscribed to our email list and have read Angela’s story, you’ll see that we started with zero dollars.
This where Fiverr comes in, you can hire someone from $5 upwards. There are other sites you can use for this like Upwork, but we’re covering Fiverr today.
TIP – a word of warning here, there are some less than ethical people who advertise on Fiverr and don’t deliver. However, this is the same anywhere, you just need to follow a few simple steps to make sure you get what you’re paying for.
So firstly, there are 2 action steps here:
- Write down your important business tasks that you HATE doing.
- Now write down tasks important to your business that you don’t know how to do.
This will help clarify what to outsource depending on your budget. Remember, if the task is something you don’t know how to do, how many hours are you going to have to spend learning. All this has a cost to your business and time management.
Just remember, you don’t have to know everything!
How Does Fiverr Work
Firstly you need to sign up for an account, it’s free and a straightforward process. Here is the link, just click the sign-up button at the top and follow the steps.
The home page will show you trending collections and popular services to choose from, try not to get distracted, just note down any ideas you get and carry on with your task!
There are a number of ways you can find a freelancer in Fiverr:
- browse through the categories
- put in a request
We’ve found the best way is to “Request the service you are looking for”, this can be found on the top left of your Fiverr home page.
It’s important at this stage to be very specific in what you’re asking for. For example, saying something like “I want 5 articles about gardening” is going to return some pretty rubbish results. Be as detailed as possible, whatever task it is you want to outsource. For article writing:
- how many words
- unique content
- written in clear English
- Are you going to do the research and give them the keywords or are they?
Make things clear at the outset, you’re more likely to get a good “gig”.
Fill in the rest of the details on the page.
- You can attach a file to help give an idea of what you’re looking for.
- Select when you want the order delivered, obviously give enough time if you want 5 articles written or a logo designed from scratch!
- Choose a category and subcategory
- You don’t need to select a budget at this point, you can discuss it when you enter into negotiations.
Once you’ve put in the request, in a short while you’ll start to get responses. They’ll be along the lines of, “I can do this and this is how much it’ll cost”. I don’t want my articles written in pigeon English so that’s the first criteria I weed out. Then I look at the reviews for the freelancer, this is the most important bit (in my opinion).
Check the terms they give you for the job, for example, creating a logo, how many alterations can you ask for and do you get the original vector files.
Take your time at this stage, make sure all the i’s are dotted and t’s crossed!
Once you’re happy with negotiations you can accept the gig. Payment details will be taken but the freelancer isn’t paid until you’ve approved the job.
My most recent gig was for 5 articles (all over 800 words) related to the equine industry. The freelancer over delivered and it cost a mere $20! Now, when the gig is delivered you’ll be asked if you want to leave a tip. I left this person a $10 tip, she did excellent work and delivered on time.
Be appreciative of a good service, when you use Fiverr again you’re more likely to get excellent results.
If you’ve any questions related to outsourcing, please leave a comment below or contact us